Here it is, my last night without having to cover the Northwest League until Labor Day. If you haven't checked out my Eugene Emeralds preview, you still have time.
Jake Buchanan started tonight's game and allowed three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked three ands struck out two.
The Cubs had a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but new I-Cub Joel Peralta couldn't slam the door. In fairness, it wasn't all his fault as second baseman Kristopher Negron and third baseman Jeimer Candelario both made errors. Peralta faced five batters and retired none of them. All five runners would come around to score
Corey Black pitched the tenth inning and got the loss. He allowed a leadoff single, threw a wild pitch, balked the runner to third and after a strikeout, allowed a game-ending RBI single to right.
Center fielder John Andreoli led off the game with his tenth home run of the season. He also tripled in a 2 for 6 night. Andreoli scored twice.
Left fielder Matt Murton was 3 for 5 and scored twice. Right fielder Mark Zagunis was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Zagunis scored one run and drove one in.
The Tennessee Smokies surrendered to the Jackson Generals (Mariners), 3-2.
Starter Brad Markey took the loss. Markey allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits over 5.1 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
David Berg entered the game with one out in the sixth inning and runners on second and third. The first hitter hit a groundball to short and the runner at third was thrown out at the plate. He then retired the next seven batters to finish out the game. One of the eight outs that Berg got was a strikeout. Six were ground outs. One was a bunt caught in the air in foul territory.
Second baseman Chesny Young tripled in the first inning and scored on a wild pitch. He was 1 for 4.
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South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs capsized the Lake County Captains (Indians), 5-1.
Preston Morrison was excellent over seven scoreless innings. Morrison allowed five hits and he walked two. He struck out nine.
Pedro Araujo pitched the final two innings and got his first save of the season. Araujo allowed one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Left fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and had one RBI.
DH P.J. Higgins went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He scored once and had one run batted in. First baseman Tyler Alamo was also 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He drove in one run.
With the win, the South Bend Cubs just need to win one of the final three games of the first half against Lake County to clinch a playoff spot.